Students of A.S.J.A. Girls' College advised to value the contribution of farmers

Caption: Agricultural Assistant I of the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries, Ms. Vidia Maraj, commands the attention of students from A.S.J.A. Girls College in Charlieville during their school’s Career Day hosted on Tuesday 7th March, 2017. (Photo courtesy the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries)

March 8, 2017: If you ate and got ready for school today, then thank a farmer! These were the words echoed by Agricultural Assistant III in the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries, Mr. Dexter Samm, during his 'Careers in Agriculture' group presentation at a Career Day hosted by the A.S.J.A. Girls' College in Charlieville on Tuesday 7th March, 2017. During his lecture, he drew reference to everyday dietary and commercial consumables such as shoes, clothing, toiletries, stationary and medicine, as he highlighted the vital linkages of agriculture's extractive / primary sources; a credit he attributed mainly to farmers.

Mr. Samm explained to students that the industry had the potential to be quite "attractive" given the versatile nature of the agricultural sector and the many lucrative career opportunities available to persons along the value chain. He said: "Many people see agriculture through the tedious eyes of the farmer only, without fully appreciating that the agricultural entrepreneur and technocrat, whilst interdependent, are engaged in very separate vocations."

As the only exhibitors to utilize multimedia technology in its presentation to students, staff from the Ministry’s Regional Administration North Division, brought the sector's many career opportunities to life through their interactive engagement, pamphlets, brochures and attractive promotional rewards / bonuses.

Themed, 'Know your options', the Career Day, which was aimed at targeting the school's Forms Three, Five and Six students, attracted a host of exhibitors from both the public and private sectors. Among these included the: Government Human Resource Services (GHRS); Ministry of Labour and Small Enterprise Development; United States Embassy; University of the West Indies (UWI); University of the Southern Caribbean (USC); College of Science, Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago (COSTATT); Cipriani College of Labour and Co-operative Studies (CCLCS); Caribbean Airlines Limited; Pan American Insurance; Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Services; Institute of Law and Academic Studies (ILAS); CTS College of Business and Computer Science (CTSCBCS); SITAL College of Tertiary Education Limited; Trinidad and Tobago Regiment, Air Guard and Coast Guard; National Energy Skills Centre (NESC); National Institute of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (NIHERST) and the Trinidad and Tobago Hospitality Training Institute (TTHTI).

 


Agricultural Assistant III of the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries, Mr. Dexter Samm, delivers a presentation on 'Careers in Agriculture' to a group of students of the A.S.J.A. Girls College in Charlieville during their school’s Career Day.

 


AGCF 2: Agricultural Assistant I of the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries, Ms. Vidia Maraj, engages a group of students from the A.S.J.A. Girls College in Charlieville during their school’s Career Day hosted on Tuesday 7th March, 2017.

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